Accessibility statement

This accessibility statement applies to content published on the news.royalcornwallhospitals.nhs.uk domains. It does not apply to any other domains with associated names or subdomains. Please view individual sites for applicable accessibility statements.

We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. That is why we have built and integrated a bespoke accessibility toolbar to help users use our site. View our guide on how to effectively use this software.

The Web Team at the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust manages this website. It is designed to be used by as many people as possible. The text should be clear and simple to understand. You should be able to:

  • Change colours, contrast levels, and fonts
  • Increase font size
  • Zoom in up to 300% without the text spilling off the screen
  • Navigate most of the website using just a keyboard
  • Navigate most of the website using speech recognition software
  • Listen to most of the website using a screen reader

Some of our content is technical and is sometimes aimed at medical professionals, we use technical terms where there is no easier wording we could use without changing what the text means.

If you have a disability, AbilityNet has advice to help you make your device easier to use.

How accessible this website is

The Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust is committed to making its websites accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

This website conforms to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard.

Since early 2021 we have worked hard on making sure our site is accessible to all. This has involved reviewing content, refining the navigation and making technical changes to ensure we are confirming to WCAG 2.1. We are happy to be currently regarded as one of the most accessible NHS Trusts by specialists such as Silktide Index.

Since the beginning of 2021 we have fixed hundreds of issues allowing screen-readers and keyboard only users to navigate our site much more smoothly.

With this in mind, we are always looking to improve accessibility and there are some parts of this website which are not fully accessible.

Examples include:

  • some pages and document attachments are not clearly written
  • we have a large number of old publication documents which are in PDF format, and haven’t been designed for accessibility
  • a few links are not optimised for accessibility

Please Note: This is not intended to be a comprehensive list of fixes, as we are still identifying some accessibility issues.

How we tested this website

In order to ensure our site is conformant and user friendly for as many people as possible, we have had extensive manual and automated testing carried out by Test Partners (This link will take you away from our site). We have used tools such as SortSite and Wave to ensure conformance, as well as acquiring software from Silktide to constantly monitor our site for conformance.

We constantly test this website for conformance with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines V2.1 level A, level AA, and AAA where possible; we carry out these tests internally.

Request content in an accessible format

If you need information in a different format, please contact the General Office Team and let us know. Please provide the following details:

  • the web address (URL) of the content
  • your name and email address
  • the format you need, for example, audio CD, braille, BSL or large print, accessible PDF

Contact us about accessibility

Reporting accessibility or technical problems

We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of this website.

If you find any problems or accessibility issues that are not listed on this page, please contact rcht.citswebteam@nhs.net.

Accessibility, content and media enquiries

If you have any questions about accessibility conformance, page or document content or media enquiries generally please contact the Communications Team.

Policies, guidelines and documents

If you have any questions about accessibility conformance, page or document content or media enquiries generally please contact the Corporate Records Manager.

Enforcement procedure

If you contact us with a complaint and you’re not happy with our response contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is responsible for enforcing the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018 (the ‘accessibility regulations’).

Non-accessible content

Identified issues:

  • Many documents are not accessible in several ways including missing text alternatives and missing document structure. We are looking into making all our documents more accessible.

This is not a comprehensive list as we are still identifying some accessibility issues.

Issues with technology

The vast majority of our website works correctly on any web technology.

However, this website no longer supports Internet Explorer, as this browser is now at the end of its lifecycle. Read more information about the withdrawal of IE support.

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

We plan to identify and fix issues on a continuous basis.

How to change the language on our website

To change the language on our website, please click on the right-most item of our top-right menu. This is distinguished by the current language and the associated flag – the default should be ‘English’ with a picture of the Union Jack.

Help using our accessibility toolbar

We built our accessibility toolbar in-house to provide users with the features described below.

To use the toolbar, please click on ‘Accessibility tools’ in the top-right menu of our website.

Text Size

We have 4 settings for font size on this website. Once the toolbar is open, there will be a choice of ‘Small’, ‘Original’, ‘Large’, and ‘Extra large’. Simply click on whichever one you prefer to change the text size on the website. Your preferences will be saved. To revert this, click ‘Reset all changes’.

Highlight links

Use the ‘yes’ button to highlight links. This will make all links yellow with a black background. To revert, either click the ‘no’ button, or the ‘reset all changes’ button.

Change font

Use this to change the font the site appears in.

One of the fonts available in our toolbar is OpenDyslexic, a free font created to increase readability for readers with dyslexia. Find out more about OpenDyslexic.

Contrast

Use this to change the site’s colour scheme to:

  • Black and white: white text with a black background.
  • Black and yellow: yellow text with a black background.
  • Grayscale
  • Invert: inverts all elements to the opposite of their current colour.
  • Reset: resets only colour contrast changes.

Reset all changes

Use this button to reset all changes you have made using the toolbar.


Can I save my settings?

Yes. The settings will automatically save when you navigate to another page, or if you leave the site and come back.

Refreshing the page therefore does not reset to default, you must use the ‘reset all changes’ button on the toolbar.

Alert: Infected Blood Products Inquiry

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